Is there a best time to train? A sports scientist investigates

Most of us ride our bikes whenever we get chance, but is there a best time of day when you’ll unlock the most potential and make maximum gains? Sports scientist Dr Mark Homer investigates

Illustration: David Lyttleton

Let’s face it, no matter what we tell our friends, cycling comes quite far down the priority list when drawing up the day’s to-do list. We ride when we can fit it in, rather than at the best possible time for making fitness gains.

As amateur riders, our family, friends, work and sleep – you choose the order of priority – put the squeeze on our windows of opportunity for getting in quality saddle-time. The question is, does it matter what time you train?

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